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SB 179 (David’s Law) Passes in Texas Against Cyber-Bullying image

SB 179, drafted by José Menéndez, cleared both House and Senate with bipartisan support in late May 2017.  Menéndez claims it would “empower schools, parents, and law enforcement to tackle cyberbullying.”  The bill, known as David’s Law, honors a high school student from Alamo Heights who was subjected to fierce cyberbullying before he took his own life last year. The bill will take effect Sept. 1 and Texas schools and districts are taking note of the implications it has on their policies and procedures.  At a high level, the bill requires better reporting procedures, notification of parents within a specific timeframe, and district-wide policies.  Although some of the sections might be difficult to interpret, some of the main points include District-wide anti-cyberbullying policies ...

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Why you shouldn’t use Google Forms for bully reporting image

G Suite for Education (formerly called Google Apps for Education) provides all of Google’s core offerings to schools.  Products like Google Forms, Google Drive, and Google Sheets typically used for personal and business use are available to schools.  It also includes a whole lot more custom tools built specifically for schools.  Google Forms, for instance, are great for sending out student surveys and even online assessments.  Some schools and districts use Google Forms for their bully and incident reporting forms.  While Google Forms might seem like a good option here we have actually found several significant pitfalls.  We would like for you to consider them as you evaluate your reporting process.  Granted, Google Forms are a step in the right direction ...

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Why Your School Needs Anonymous Incident Reporting for Bullying standard

Online, anonymous bullying reporting which can be done from the safety of a student’s home gives bullied kids a real chance to speak out against their tormentors without fear of their tormentors seeing them come forward and without having to discuss an unbearable situation with adults they may or may not feel comfortable confiding in. Bullying affects the lives of millions of students, and child and teen bullying are at an all time high. If bullied kids weren’t afraid to get help in person, anonymous reporting wouldn’t be necessary, but the truth is that bullied kids are afraid – afraid to speak out and afraid to get the help they need. In-Person Reporting Alone Is Insufficient Despite students being able ...

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